Like so many of you, I have become relatively obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack.
I’m also having trouble letting go of double spaces at the beginning of sentences.
I mean, how does one stop that habit after 25-30 years of typing it that way?
But I digress.
Of course, living in Manhattan offers lots of opportunities to walk to many of the locations of our Revolutionary history.
Or run there.
While the Hamilton Mansion
was moved to 141st street, it’s even quieter further uptown these days.
I’ve written in the past about the Jumel Mansion, Sylvan Terrace, locations where you can see some of the oldest homes and history of NYC.
Walking on cobblestone streets never gets old, nor does walking down a tiny street filled with only 14-foot wide townhouses all built at the same time in 1882.
Here’s a great overview!
The fun continues in Washington Heights if you want to incorporate history and real estate into your run, as I love to do.
Here’s the link to the run.
Getting uptown from the Upper West Side through Riverside Park is our typical route, though you can simply run up Amsterdam if you want to pass City College, which is a stunning area- and is in the heart of Hamilton Heights!
If you follow our course, take note of the unmarked course to New York Presbyterian Hospital.
At that point, you’ll be at 164th street.
From there, we continued East to Amsterdam and 160th street, where we made a tiny loop around the Jumel Mansion, then continued north on Amsterdam to 172nd Street, to enter High Bridge Park!
Last week it was announced that this park is one of many in all 5 boroughs that is getting part of $150mm in funding.
From 172nd and Amsterdam, it’s a very quick walk/run across the park to the High Bridge, the oldest bridge in New York City (opened in 1848!).
It was reopened about two years ago.
You have to go down about 3 sets of stairs to the bridge.
Once there, the trip across the bridge to the Bronx is pretty short, and very pretty!
You get gorgeous views of Manhattan, the top of the George Washington Bridge.
The reopening of the bridge is another step in helping the Bronx to revitalize.
From there you are very close to Yankees Stadium, and Grand Concourse, also well worth the walk.
You can certainly take a subway (C train) up to High Bridge Park if you want to skip the run, or the 4/D train to the Bronx if you want to start on the Bronx side.
Either way, note that the bridge opens at 7am!
While you’re uptown, soak up the history and enjoy a tiny bit of what makes NYC so special.
And, Happy Running!